A few years back, we hung out in Kareem's world to take a look at the history of BMX video games. While we managed to learn a lot about the genre and its various hits, it did highlight the fact that there are lots of potential ideas that haven't been explored just yet.
BMX RPG Sports games often include some sort of stat building system, with some also including their own stories. But there hasn't been a BMX game yet that lets you build up your own rider from humble origins to winning events. There's a lot that can be done with the concept, as it would combine lots of popular features seen in other games: an open world, RPG stats, customisation, and potentially even online play.
It would build upon some of the ideas seen in Ubisoft's Riders Republic, with lots more character customisation and a focus solely on BMX.
Puzzle games The mobile gaming scene is full of BMX themed games, but most of them play quite similarly. There's potential for smaller puzzle-based titles that incorporate the BMX theme, without trying to directly emulate actual races. For example, you could have a game where you must get a rider from one point to another using a variety of random tiles. These tiles could feature certain tracks pieces and obstacles, requiring you to place them in a certain way — think classic puzzle game Pipe Mania, but with a BMX twist.
Arcade games Arcade cabinets often feature unique layouts, from different joystick configurations to bespoke controls not seen on other machines. A BMX arcade game using a similar control system to classic title Hang-On would be a blast, letting you ride a physical bike to control your in-game rider. Having a moving bike as the main controller would add to the immersion, with modern arcade hardware allowing for realistic graphics. This is something that probably wouldn't happen anywhere other than Japan due to declining worldwide arcades, though it would absolutely be worth it.
Fantasy themed Instead of just going after realism, a BMX game that leans more toward fantasy themes would be great. Developer Foam Sword's Knights and Bikes combined regular bike riding with an RPG adventure, so the concept isn't too far fetched. Instead of riding around regular tracks, you could speed through sinister mountains or enchanted forests — you know, something to give things some extra flair. This would also allow for more stylised visuals, including a variety of cosmetics that you wouldn't see regular BMX riders use.
VR titles A strong second option after an arcade title would be VR. Considering the applications of VR, it's surprising that there hasn't been a video game using this type of hardware yet. Sony recently revealed the most popular VR titles for its gaming systems, showing that there's still space for sports titles.
It wouldn't be overly hard to bring over BMX to a VR game, whether it was racing or stunt based. Motion controls could be used to emulate riding the bike, and areas could be based on real life locations.
Video Slots If you’re not familiar with what differentiates a “video slot” from a classic slot game, a Gala Spins write-up on casino game varieties does a nice job of explaining the matter. Essentially, video slots build on the classic slot format with 3D graphics and unique features. BMX has been represented via standard online slots in the past, but a modern online video slot would allow for even better graphics and potential gimmicks. As with VR, it's surprising that this hasn't really been done before, despite how comprehensive the industry is in covering other themes and subjects.
Today etnies is very proud to launch their second collaboration with British based clothing brand, and BMX powerhouse – Doomed. etnies pro BMX rider Jordan Godwin and artist Paul Robinson founded the brand on Doomsday, back in the late teens of the 21st century. When these two aren’t pushing the limits of technical street riding to the next level, they’re constantly developing their own beautifully apocalyptic Doomed clothing and accessory collections.
etnies worked intimately with these Doom-mongers again to produce two super-stylish black vulcanized shoes that are stealthy, durable and sublime – The Jameson Vulc x Doomed, and the brand-new Kayson x Doomed.
Bob Haro, the godfather of BMX Freestyle has started a new bag company. The legend who shaped the Haro BMX brand in the early '80-s has a new venture going: "I'm proud to introduce to you my new line of sports, leisure and travel bags under the Performance Branding moniker. Over the years, I have designed various products for leading brands which included bags, and I wanted to get back in the mix with this new collection."
The ultimate e-bike race between Nino Schurter and Claudio Caluori is set to take place on 9 October 2021 at 10:30 am (CET) with the aim to raise 1 Million Euro for Pump for Peace projects in countries all over the world, making cycling accessible to everyone.
- Taking e-bike racing to a new level in a never seen format - Over 10’000 vertical meters of climbing and redescending - 25 climbs of 403 vertical meters to the top
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is excited to announce The Circle – Vans’ digital street video competition – is back and bigger than ever. First introduced on a European level in 2020, the online competition gave BMX shops across the region the chance to film a team edit, celebrating their riders and the local communities. This year, three global guests have joined the European crew and will all compete to win a share of the €20,000 prize pot.
The concept remains the same. Each invited shop receives a budget to help cover the costs of filming and editing their team video. Then they have two months to pull together an edit worthy of the top prizes.
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is proud to unveil new Global team rider Courage Adams’ signature Slip-On BMX style, which boasts elevated, luxe materials and his personalized artwork. The newest member to Vans’ global BMX team, Courage brings an elevated aesthetic to the Vans BMX assortment with his iteration of the Slip-On BMX. This sleek shoe features a premium black leather upper, embossed with elephant skin texture and Courage’s signature Elephant Scale logo showing through transparent rubber outsoles.
Specifically designed with the BMXer in mind, Vans’ hybrid cupsole features vulcanized Wafflecup BMX
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is excited to welcome Spain’s Courage Adams to the global BMX family. Born in Nigeria and now calling Madrid home, Courage is the first-ever Nigerian pro BMX rider. He is recognized globally as the master of manuals—be it front or back wheel, forwards or fakie, he is gifted with infinite balance and unbelievable bike control.
“It is a huge honor for me to be part of the global team with all of the greatest riders in the world,”Courage said. “I want to thank all the people who support me and help me keep going. Without them, I would never have made it. Also, I want to thank me—for believing in myself and for no days off, never quitting, and always moving forward.”
Vans BMX proudly presents a new film, Whirlwind, uncovering the astonishing first-hand account of BMX legend Scotty Cranmer’s rise to notoriety and his true grit, passion, and positivity in the aftermath of a life-changing accident. Achieving pro status early in his career, Scotty’s emergence as a 16-year-old phenom from New Jersey gripped the attention of the BMX community. His innovative approach to both park and street riding had him stacking up medals, including three X Games Park wins, and a part for Vans’ Illustrated was a testament to his trick progression and versatility. His success on a bike also carried over to his efforts behind the camera as he began growing his YouTube channel,
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website (uci.org). With a more attractive design and enhanced navigation, this entirely responsive platform is easier to use. The objective of the redesign it to offer media, National Federations and all cycling’s stakeholders a unique and user-friendly experience that meets their expectations and needs.
New design: The website’s structure has been entirely reviewed to strengthen its appeal. The home page
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